Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day parade has been axed for the third year running – this time due to tram works.
The organisers of the event held in the heart of Digbeth said the showpiece parade will not go ahead but plan a week-long festival instead.
The St Pat Rock’s stage will be set up at the Zellig and the Custard Factory, on Sunday, March 13, featuring live music from international and local bands.
The world-famous parade – one of the biggest in the world outside of Ireland – has not been held since 2019 due to coronavirus restrictions.
Work is currently underway along the Digbeth High Street to extend the tram network, which has now put paid to this year’s parade.
Organisers said they looked forward instead to the celebration of “what it means to be Brummie, and how it feels to be Irish”.
The week-long festival will kick off on March 11 and will include live music gigs, concerts and traditional Irish sessions, as well as whiskey and beer tasting.
There will be history talks, storytelling evenings, alongside special events involving Irish dance and sport.
This year will also see a return of the Festival’s ‘In Memoriam Project’, debuted as part of 2021’s virtual event which will pay tribute to members of the Irish community who have died over the past year.
The organisers said: “After a two-year hiatus, St Pat’s Fest looks forward to welcoming our Irish community, both in Birmingham and further afield, along with our friends across the city, to enjoy a well-deserved celebration of what it means to be Brummie, and how it feels to be Irish.”